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  • Preventing heat injuries

    Whether deployed to Southwest Asia or operating stateside during the summer heat, many military operations take place under extremely hot conditions. Because of the insidious nature of heat illnesses, heat injuries frequently result because people often don't recognize their symptoms until it's too late. Our body's protective cooling mechanism
  • Tired of the thrash?

    Are you tired of the thrash--the furious pace of operations with no end in sight? Are you tired of hearing, "That's the way we've always done it"? If you have been assigned to Whiteman for any time, then probably you are. The operational tempo, exercise schedule and manning shortfalls have made it tough for all of us to perform the 509th mission.
  • Up the creek - with a paddle

    If you're a bass fisherman, you've probably heard of Lake Barkley, Tenn. This 118-mile-long lake has many "fingers," long extensions of water that are home to some world-class bass fishing. One spring, Bob, a co-worker, native Tennessean, and fanatic bass fisherman, offered to show me some of his "sweet" spots (and maybe he didn't want to be out in
  • Safety is Stupid

    Ours is an extremely bright corps of dedicated Airmen, by any measure among the most educated military forces on earth. One of the hallmarks of intelligence, you would think, is the ability to keep yourself from dying. Yet year after year, unfortunate Airmen are needlessly lost to vehicle mishaps, drowning, falls and a variety of other such
  • Farewell, Team Whiteman

    While my time as the 509th Bomb Wing command chief comes to an end I can't help but reflect on you, our wing and the mission. The 509th BW has a proud heritage of fighting and winning and I am proud to have worn the patch of the mighty 509th twice in my career! Each and every one of you has done many a great thing towards building on that
  • Reflections as a member of the Air Force family

    I write this article as a member of the Whiteman Chiefs Group, which I, am so very privileged to be part of. I have been retired since January 1994, and would like to share with you some reflections on being part of the Air Force family. For each of us that have been part of the Air Force, regardless of the time served, the memories, relationships
  • How do you build trust?

    Trust is the glue that binds a relationship. Without it everything will literally fall apart. You're in a life-or-death business. Can you do anything totally by yourself? Of course not! Aren't you more comfortable, more confident, when you know someone is there to "check your six?" Do you have just enough people on your work team to get the job
  • Do I hear bees?

    Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I begin to hear buzzing sounds. At first I thought it was tinnitus, but that's ringing not buzzing. Then I figured it was just me getting older. That's my wife's explanation for everything, but I soon realized that wasn't it either. After ruling out the other possibilities I started to really listen to the
  • Change is not always a bad thing

    I can still remember my initial days of basic training--and I'm sure most Airmen, if they really try, can too. For me this was a significant change in lifestyle. It was also a time of anxiety, apprehension, doubt, fear and chaos on many fronts. Ultimately the majority of us triumphed over this challenging period and in the end we became better